My girlfriends and I went to the Carribean Village 2 years ago. I am only now getting around to writing a review.. lol
Depsite all of the negative comments we read before travelling down south, we had an absolute blast!! We got an incredible deal.. $900 taxes in pp.
The resort was not right on the beach but we did not mind the 10 minute walk every day.. It was actually nice to walk through the playa dorada complex and see all the other resorts and tourists!! The resort is made up of several different villas. We did not arrive until around midnight on our first night.. we were put in an older, more run down villa.. we seen a cochroach in our room (a very big one.. it put us all in a bad mood thinking they would be everywhere). I only seen one other cockroach after this, and it was closer to the beach. I think the reason it was in the room in the first place was because there are no screens, and the windows were open. There is a very distinct musty smell in the air in all parts of the Dominican, so don't just think it's this resort. After night one we wanted a nicer villa so they moved us closer to the entrance of the resort to a newer villa.. and with this one we had a balcony, and it was absolutely beautiful!!! It was a big bed with a seperater wall, a couch and tv set on the other side.. nice big clean bathroom! No complaints with this new room. The only thing I did not like was how we brought gifts for the maids, and did not leave a cash tip. Our other friends left cash tips and got little towel creatures put on their bed, and more towels/faster service... I guess they want money more than gifts.. one day they actually left coloring books (part of their gift, we thought they would bring it home to their kids.. guess they didn't like it).
The food wasn't amazing, but we always found something to eat. The fruit is delicious!! Best bananas I ever had. The Brazilian A La Carte was amazing! We actually went there twice, rather than going to the Italian restaurant for our second a la carte, as we heard the Italian was a little bland. I think breakfast was our best, tastiest meal. There was a PIZZA HUT in the playa dorada square and it was delicious, but they use goat cheese, be careful, your system might not be used to it!.. lol
There isn't much variety in the way of drinks, its either rum, vodka, or domestic beer. And I don't think they even had cola to mix with their drinks, just slush. All very sweet, fruity drinks. Delicious, but very sweet.. gave me a headache once or twice.
Absolutely beautiful! Lots of vendors on the beach, if you're good at bartering, you can get some really nice souvenirs, jewelry, etc. for cheap. A little tip.. for those who don't mind walking- to the LEFT of the beach (when facing the ocean), we walked for about an hour until we found a HUGE market of vendors.. right on the beach.. with alot more variety of things to sell, and definately cheaper. These people were very aggressive but not harmful. Just wanting to make a dollar. So that was a very cool find.. bring your money if you wish to find this little spot, and be prepared to walk for about 45-55 minutes! Worth the walk on a beautiful day :)
The 'disco' was very lame.. played music that was outdated 4 or 5 years.. and little selection. HOWEVER... walk into the square in the playa dorada complex and you will find COCO BONGO.. and have the time of your life! They had dancers there dressed up as superman, spiderman, beetlejuice, the matrix..etc.. the costumes looked like they were out of the movie itself!.. and the dancers were great! There is no cover to get into the bar.. but beware of what they charge you for drinks.. its never the same! And for those of you who smoke.. cigarettes are CHEAP ($3 CAD/pack) but they are all AMERICAN cigarettes..
Not much on the go here. They had water aerobics one day, and dance lessons another.. I think that was it. We did a a safari excursion which we all loved.. took us to a traditional school, house, 'cigar factory', a beach.. etc.. but it was nice to see 'outport' Dominican. There is an on store shop but it is very expensive so we didn't buy anything there. One day it rained so we went to the Square to do some shopping.. lots of little tourist shops.. and they barter as well, we got quite good at it so we got some fabulous deals!! One guy got used to us and knew us by name because we went there so often to get pizza hut, so we would just stroll around. You can get most anything at the square, it's just really expensive. You can find sunblock, cigarettes, tampons, you name it! Other than that, most of our time was spent on the beach or at the pool.
We were nervous after reading negative reviews, 4 young girls aged 23-26 but we had a great time! We felt really safe, even walking back to our resort by ourselves at 4 or 5 am from Coco Bongo. Julio was the night reception worker, and we just loved him ;) Not sure if he still works at this resort but he went above and beyond to help us.. gave us free calls home to Newfoundland! And free internet, unlimited. He loved us. ;) Overall a fantastic trip, met lots of people however this did seem like more of a retirement resort.. there were only 2 other guys on this resort close to our age and they were even younger than us.. everyone else seemed to be older. And the VIP room we were never allowed to use, not sure why. You can get most excursions for half the price at the square, so don't feel the need to book it through your tour guide, they make commission so it's almost double the price to book through them.. we found this out AFTER we booked and paid for ours.. and it was the same tour company at the square offering the same excursions!! Hope this review was helpful. :)
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